Kohl was key supporter of disastrous Iran deal
September 7, 2018
[Madison, WI] — D.C. Dan Kohl was the founder of a Washington special interest group that helped to prop up far-left candidates. Now that Kohl has moved back to Wisconsin to run for Congress, he’s benefitting from those same connections along the way.
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Dan Kohl’s J Street a Feeder, Endorser of Far Left Candidates and Causes
September 5, 2018
Dan Kohl, the millionaire nephew of former millionaire U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl and Democrat candidate for congress, likes to paint himself as a moderate in a conservative 6th congressional district.
The Mequon resident who spent years pushing liberal causes in D.C. has, for instance, insisted he would not support former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s return to Dem House leadership should he defeat two-term Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah).
Kohl served as political director and as vice president of political affairs for J Street, a Washington, D.C.-based group of liberal activists that has pumped millions of dollars into liberal causes and candidates. Over the past five election cycles, J Street’s political action committee has contributed almost exclusively to Democrat candidates, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to Wisconsin ultra liberals, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee).
The George Soros-backed J Street was a major player—and mouthpiece—in the Obama administration-led Iran nuclear deal. The organization, according to multiple sources, received over a half million dollars from the Ploughshares Fund, a group tied to the Obama White House, to sell the agreement to the public.
While a majority of Americans surveyed (56 percent) in May said they support the Iran deal, 34 percent of registered voters surveyed in a July Ipsos/Reuters poll said the Republican Party has the better plan to handle Iran, and 28 percent preferred the Democratic Party’s approach.
Grothman stood alongside the vast majority of his fellow House Republicans in 2015 in voting against the agreement. The conservative congressman is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal.
Baldwin reported another $38,000 in bundled campaign contributions in the second quarter from the liberal group, tipping her total contributions from J Street to north of $120,000 in the current election cycle. J Street’s PAC is one of Baldwin’s top industry contributors, feeding the incumbent senator’s campaign nearly $150,000 over the last six years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In June, J Street organized a fundraiser for Baldwin at a Milwaukee couple’s home, with “suggested levels of support” as high as $2,700 for “Gold” sponsors.
Kohl has taken in more than $175,000 in bundled contributions from his old friends. J Street, according to the most recent campaign finance filings, is Kohl’s top contributor.
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